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Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938-1943
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938-1943

Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938-1943

Imperial Japan’s heritage landscape expanded along with the growing empire. This essay focuses on Japanese tourism to, as well as tourism planning and promotion for, three continental destinations, Mukden, Nanjing, and Qufu, from 1938 to 1943. Both governmental and civil actors rapidly exploited existing heritage from previous civilizations and also codified new heritage (e.g., battle sites) in order to promote tourism and also to propagate an edifying message about Japan’s imperial project. Analysis of tourism to and tourism promotion for the above three locales also provides a window into Imperial Japan’s complex relationship at the time with the overlapping heritages of Manchuria or Manchurian China (Mukden), contemporary China (Nanjing), and classical China (Qufu), as well as into Imperial Japan’s self-appointed role as the guardian of Asian civilization.

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Free and open to public
When: April 20 2018, 6:00 pm
Place: Native American Student & Community Center 110 
           710 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR


About the Speaker:

Ken Ruoff is professor in the modern history of East Asia at Portland State University.   The Japanese translation of his first book, The People’s Emperor:  Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995, was awarded Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and his second book, Imperial Japan at Its Zenith:  The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2600th Anniversary was awarded the Frances Fuller Victor Award for Nonfiction.   Most recently, he published an essay critical of how museums in South Korea narrate the national history in the winter 2017 issue of The Journal of Northeast Asian History.  



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